Friday, February 27, 2015

The Moment You Realize You ARE That Large Family!




Large Family Living







I would hardly call myself an expert.


However, in my country (Canada) we are WAY above the national average of 1.1.
(I didn't even realize that it had gotten so low?!)

So I guess I am currently the mother of a LARGE family.

Not mega like some of my friends (you have to have at least 7).
Or one of my Facebook acquaintances that just announced number 15...
Congrats again, by the way :)

Nope, we're not large like that.

However, once you got more than say 3 or 4, 
there comes a different 'feel' about your family.

A new dynamic of sorts.

It lends itself to all sorts of new living patterns 
& social 'norms'.

So, today I am beginning a series on
large family living.

From my own perspective, 
I'll be sharing the beauty, the imperfections, the day to day routines, 
and a bit of everything in between!

No matter how many you currently have in your home, 
my hope is that you'll follow along, & be open to what may be a new perspective.

Another goal of mine, is that you'll also see large families differently.
More positively in fact.

Unfortunately the media has sometimes portrayed us in a VERY negative light.

& trust me, we have already heard it all.
You really don`t need to 'enlighten' us every time we bump into you in the grocery store...





"You know how this happens right."
"Our planet is already overpopulated enough"
"Time for a new hobby!"
"My, your hands are full."

Cue the look of judgment & disgust.

And occasionally, 
usually once we've given up interacting with strangers out in public, 
we get this sweet ole ladies that looks up at us,
with a glean & twinkle in her eyes...

"I had ten myself. Wouldn't change it for the world."

But that's few & far between these days.

And that's where you the backlash comes from; where us larger families feel compelled to speak out:





Let me share a few tidbits about our own larger family:

I am an educated person. I have both a university degree (graduated & tied for the award of my program), and a college diploma. I actually love to study interesting topics in my 'spare time'.

I DO know how this happens. I won't comment other than to say, that our interpretation of a pregnancy may be different than yours. I.e. all babies are life that should be protected

I live a busy life. Yes, that's true.
However, my single & smaller family friends also keep pretty busy themselves.

I don't feel that what we are EACH doing is any less important than the other
(who are we to judge the calling on one another's lives??)





Large family living is actually much better than what you think.

Yes, it is challenging.

And there are unique struggles that are very real.

But all of us larger family parents would agree: we are having a lot of fun!

Join us next week for the next post.


***Also, if you're a large family blogger & would like to guest post in this series (or send me links that I can share throughout my posts-must have NO swearing or nudity), then please email me using the contact form on the side of the blog. Thanks in advance.


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Monday, February 23, 2015

Don't Miss Out!!! This Week's Mom 2 Mom Encouragement Party!

The Mom 2 Mom Encouragement Link Up Party



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Every week I find many inspirational posts from our link up that speak to me.
 This past week was no different...some really amazing posts were shared on our Mom 2 Mom Encouragement Party! 

I want to encourage all of you reading this,
 to come peruse our collection all throughout the week. You never know what 'gem' you'll find :)


Again, a big huge THANKS to everyone who was able to link up with us last week. 

We are so thankful for all the bloggers that do participate :)


The Mom 2 Mom Monday Link-Up is built on the foundation of 1 Thessalonians 5:11


"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)"


This is a place you can come to offer encouragement to other moms as well as be encouraged. 



Your Hosts:

Sarah from My Joy-Filled Life {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Instagram}    {Bloglovin'}


Jenn from The Purposeful Mom {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Google+}    {Bloglovin'}


Tauna from Proverbial Homemaker {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Bloglovin'}


Rachael from Diamonds in the Rough  {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Instagram}    {Bloglovin'}



You are welcome to link up AS MANY of your own posts that would offer encouragement, tips, wisdom, or advice to other moms.


Some suggested post topics are:

Homemaking, Motherhood, Meal Planning, Recipes, Christian Faith, Encouraging Words, Homeschooling/Education, Financial Stewardship, Health & Wellness, Hospitality, Marriage, Discipline, Ministry, Pregnancy & Childbirth, Time Management, Organization, Crafts & Activities for Kids.......

Each week we will be featuring the most clicked on post and each of our 3 favorites from the previous week.  We will also be sharing the featured posts on our social media outlets.


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Monday, February 16, 2015

~Where You Can Come To Find Encouragement: Mom 2 Mom Party!!!~

The Mom 2 Mom Encouragement Link Up Party



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& welcome everyone to another week at the blog party!!!
Again, we had an amazing number of posts shared (OVER 350 links last week! 

A big huge THANKS to everyone who was able to link up with us. We love to see all the wonderful posts showing up all week :)


The Mom 2 Mom Monday Link-Up is built on the foundation of 1 Thessalonians 5:11


"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)"


This is a place you can come to offer encouragement to other moms as well as be encouraged. 



Your Hosts:

Sarah from My Joy-Filled Life {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Instagram}    {Bloglovin'}


Jenn from The Purposeful Mom {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Google+}    {Bloglovin'}


Tauna from Proverbial Homemaker {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Bloglovin'}


Rachael from Diamonds in the Rough  {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Instagram}    {Bloglovin'}



You are welcome to link up AS MANY of your own posts that would offer encouragement, tips, wisdom, or advice to other moms.


Some suggested post topics are:

Homemaking, Motherhood, Meal Planning, Recipes, Christian Faith, Encouraging Words, Homeschooling/Education, Financial Stewardship, Health & Wellness, Hospitality, Marriage, Discipline, Ministry, Pregnancy & Childbirth, Time Management, Organization, Crafts & Activities for Kids.......

Each week we will be featuring the most clicked on post and each of our 3 favorites from the previous week.  We will also be sharing the featured posts on our social media outlets.


Most Popular From Last Week


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  • PLEASE NOTE: Visit other bloggers - visit at least 3 other links at the party.
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Monday, February 9, 2015

Another Fun & Amazing Week of the Mom 2 Mom Linky Party!!!

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& welcome everyone to another week at the blog party!!!
Again, we had OVER 350 links last week! A big huge THANKS to everyone who was able to link up with us :)


The Mom 2 Mom Monday Link-Up is built on the foundation of 1 Thessalonians 5:11


"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)"


This is a place you can come to offer encouragement to other moms as well as be encouraged. 



Your Hosts:

Sarah from My Joy-Filled Life {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Instagram}    {Bloglovin'}


Jenn from The Purposeful Mom {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Google+}    {Bloglovin'}


Tauna from Proverbial Homemaker {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Bloglovin'}


Rachael from Diamonds in the Rough  {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Instagram}    {Bloglovin'}



You are welcome to link up AS MANY of your own posts that would offer encouragement, tips, wisdom, or advice to other moms.


Some suggested post topics are:

Homemaking, Motherhood, Meal Planning, Recipes, Christian Faith, Encouraging Words, Homeschooling/Education, Financial Stewardship, Health & Wellness, Hospitality, Marriage, Discipline, Ministry, Pregnancy & Childbirth, Time Management, Organization, Crafts & Activities for Kids.......

Each week we will be featuring the most clicked on post and each of our 3 favorites from the previous week.  We will also be sharing the featured posts on our social media outlets.


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  • Please link up to a specific post on your blog, not your blog's main page.
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  • PLEASE NOTE: Visit other bloggers - visit at least 3 other links at the party.
  • A link back is not required, but appreciated.  Go ahead and grab a button too, especially if you were featured.
  • The hosts would be blessed if you followed them.
  • They would also be blessed if you would spread the word about the Mom 2 Mom Monday Link-Up.
  • Please only link up posts from your own blog and not posts for others

And now for the link-up! 


Let's encourage one another and build each other up!


   
   


   


Sunday, February 8, 2015

When Life Doesn't Go As Planned (thoughts on pressing on)


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In The Midst of Life: 
When Things Don't Go As Planned

Thoughts On Pressing On






Even with the best laid plans, life has a way of throwing us surprises...




We can plan for A, B & then hope/pray/wish for C, 
however there is no guarantee we'll get what we want.

I can honestly say that in the last number of years, 
the Lord has been teaching our family this lesson, 
through a diverse number of 
unexpected experiences. 

The lesson: to lean on Him. Wholeheartedly.







I believe negative circumstances can come to us in a variety of ways:

*our choices (sometimes reaping for things we previously sowed)
*the choices of others
*the fact that there is evil on the earth 
*a season in the wilderness (we may never know where it originated from)


Even positive circumstances, when unintended, can feel out of place when it was not 
within our hoped for time frame.


In any case, it doesn't help to beat ourselves up, 
or others for that matter, when life gets scary, unpredictable & feels 'dark'.




We long for the calm of yesterday to return, but in some seasons it eludes us.


What can we do when this happens to US?
How do we move forward & not get stuck in a downward spiral??





I believe there are a few choices we can make to press onward:


  • We have to refuse to get stuck in a self pity party. Self pity can be destructive & unhelpful. While we may need to mourn & grieve for a season over personal loss (*note: I find that with extreme loss & trauma this often comes in waves or cycles as we move forward), there comes a point where it is actually preventing us from moving forward. 

  • I believe it is SO beneficial to surround ourselves with those who will stand with us in our journey to the 'other side'. There have been many times in the past where I felt overwhelmed with the disappointments of life. In a weak moment, the temptation to give up & throw in the towel became immensely strong...if not for the grace of God and a great group of friends, mentors & those who understand where I was 'standing' (& believing with me for a better future). Experience has taught me these are necessary to help us move forward.

  • We need to turn to the One who can ultimately bring us HIS comfort. Comfort from others is nice, but let's be honest, in severe distress it is limited. I mean it's hard for others to imagine how the emotional turmoil is affecting us personally. However, we are promised that Jesus was the One who can sympathize with our pain, because He LIVED through so much pain Himself (see Hebrews 4:15, Isaiah 53: 4-12) Praying, reading the Word, building relationships with His people (the church), and listening to sermons that build up & edify, are all ways I have felt built up in the last number of months. I don't always see a difference immediately, but more often than not I feel refreshed after completing one of these activities.

  • Lastly, learning to let go of control...we should be proactive to make changes, but that again doesn't guarantee that we will always see what we desire come to pass. Learning to let go & surrender are both acts of obedience that ultimately leads us to a life of greater fulfillment than we ever before.


I have to ask you, what do you do when life doesn't go as planned?
What has helped in various circumstances?


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Monday, February 2, 2015

Mom 2 Mom Link Up Party!! Join Us For The Fun

The Mom 2 Mom Encouragement Link Up Party


How was your week? Is your area covered with snow like ours?
It's quite the white covered world out there after our huge snow storm last night :)

So, snow day for our kids today!!!
They are pretty pumped.


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& welcome everyone to another week at the blog party!!!
We had OVER 350 links last week! A big huge THANKS to everyone who was able to link up with us :)


The Mom 2 Mom Monday Link-Up is built on the foundation of 1 Thessalonians 5:11


"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)"


This is a place you can come to offer encouragement to other moms as well as be encouraged. 



Your Hosts:

Sarah from My Joy-Filled Life {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Instagram}    {Bloglovin'}


Jenn from The Purposeful Mom {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Google+}    {Bloglovin'}


Tauna from Proverbial Homemaker {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Bloglovin'}


Rachael from Diamonds in the Rough  {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Instagram}    {Bloglovin'}



You are welcome to link up AS MANY of your own posts that would offer encouragement, tips, wisdom, or advice to other moms.


Some suggested post topics are:

Homemaking, Motherhood, Meal Planning, Recipes, Christian Faith, Encouraging Words, Homeschooling/Education, Financial Stewardship, Health & Wellness, Hospitality, Marriage, Discipline, Ministry, Pregnancy & Childbirth, Time Management, Organization, Crafts & Activities for Kids.......

Each week we will be featuring the most clicked on post and each of our 3 favorites from the previous week.  We will also be sharing the featured posts on our social media outlets.



Most Popular From Last Week

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And some of my personal favs from last week...


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  • By linking up your post(s), you are giving the hosts of Mom 2 Mom Monday Link-Up permission to use your graphics in the featured posts and on social media outlets.
  • Visit other bloggers - visit at least 3 other links at the party.
  • A link back is not required, but appreciated.  Go ahead and grab a button too, especially if you were featured.
  • The hosts would be blessed if you followed them.
  • They would also be blessed if you would spread the word about the Mom 2 Mom Monday Link-Up.

And now for the link-up!  


Let's encourage one another and build each other up!


   
   
   

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